While urging the President and ministers not to belittle the post he holds, his predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa on Thursday wanted to know if it was a bladder or a water tank that President Maithripala Sirisena has to answer a call of nature for 30 minutes.
Minister Rajitha Senaratne on Wednesday said President Sirisena did not storm out of the Cabinet meeting and he had simply gone out to answer a call of nature.
Mr. Rajapaksa said the minister had come up with this ludicrous excuse to cover up the fact that the President had actually been furious and had stormed out of the Cabinet meeting.
“There was a drama enacted at a Cabinet meeting held recently. The scriptwriter is unknown. The President has come to the meeting, yelled and then had stormed out. Afterwards, the Prime Minister and other ministers had gone and brought the President back. This is like a boy leaving a house following a fight with his parents and is then brought back in after consoling him.
When asked about this by journalists at the Cabinet briefing, Ministers say the President went out to answer a call of nature. Is it a bladder or the water tank from Colombo that the President has to answer a call of nature for half an hour?
The post of President shouldn't be belittled in this manner. When this happens the country and its people also feel they are being belittled,” Mr. Rajapaksa explained.
He expressed these views at a Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) election rally held at the Vihara Maha Devi Open Theatre in Colombo on Thursday.
Commenting on the development projects carried out by the previous government in Colombo, Mr. Rajapaksa said their objective had been to elevate Colombo City to higher standards by the time the Port City was completed.
“All the development work has been reversed now. Garbage is piling up everywhere. Dengue cases are on the increase. This is why we need to rebuild the city as well as the country soon,” he said. (Lahiru Pothmulla)
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ANTON Friday, 19 January 2018 06:08
BECAUSE A DENTIST ALSO WENT WITH HIM TO ANSWER A SINGLE CALL.
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Hari Mani Friday, 19 January 2018 06:26
Maybe the hoppers that he ate the.morning with you must have caused it?
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Alfred Grero Friday, 19 January 2018 21:17
Even a call of nature has captured headlines...what a country.
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charlesnj Friday, 19 January 2018 06:28
Long calls of nature are better than the longer calls to loot nature and the nation !
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VI Friday, 19 January 2018 06:40
THAT MAY HAPPEN DEPENDING ON THE NATURE OF CALL - IF YOU HAVE LOOSE MOTION, IT MAY TAKE THAT MUCH TIME OR MORE TIME.
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Jaliya Friday, 19 January 2018 19:43
I agree.... after the next elections he might have to answer the nature calls on regular basis ..... this may be a trial run to get the exposure.
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Kadiya Friday, 19 January 2018 07:18
Because he and his JO is making him constipated!!!
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Shan Friday, 19 January 2018 07:41
It is because of many natures, including your time..
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Man Friday, 19 January 2018 08:13
Does the president have to get permission from the Great King?
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pal joey Friday, 19 January 2018 19:49
MS had a big bladder and it took 30 minutes to empty it. MR must be shitting in his pants knowing that soon he ah]nd his family will be jailed.
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Lep Friday, 19 January 2018 08:29
Yes under MS we feel belittled, under you we felt hoodwinked.
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jana Friday, 19 January 2018 08:33
Have to agree that he has a valid point. Storming off like a child is not something that is expected of a president
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InconvenietTruth Friday, 19 January 2018 08:40
A long answer to a certain Nature's call could be due to an enlarged prostrate, the Minister of Health should make sure that the President is in good health. However it also could be due to an enlarged ego with no substance to back it up with.
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Dhammika Friday, 19 January 2018 09:07
It is none of your buissness . Dont go so LOW to comment about others nature calls ! .
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email@example.com Saturday, 20 January 2018 18:47
What a disgrace to talk about these matters
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Mahir Friday, 19 January 2018 09:07
It would last for me a day if I have the A/C toilets with cable TV fixed like you have in your office.
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C.K.Lankaputhra. Friday, 19 January 2018 09:07
It depends on the person. One might take just one minute and other might take one hour. Who knows, he may be ailing from hemorrhoids. You have no sense in your argument sir.
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JJ Friday, 19 January 2018 09:11
HAVEN'T YOU TAKEN SUCH TIME IN YOUR NATURE OF CALLS IN YOUR LIFETIME - EVER BEFORE?
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kukula Friday, 19 January 2018 09:27
I thought you always upheld your administration to be better than the present government. Therefore please do not go in to petty matters such as this ( call of nature) address on important matters if you claim to be one.
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Sangaralingham Friday, 19 January 2018 09:28
Long call of nature is a common problem in males over 50 further medical opinion is not justified in news media.30 mts not the problem here but he returned back to the meetings he is fine that is good. Time of the day excess of fluid intake make things more cumbersome
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TONY Friday, 19 January 2018 09:44
HELLO MR. YOU ARE CONFUSING THE PUBLIC. YOU CLAIM YOU ARE A STAUNCH SLFP'ER AND DRESS BLUE FOR POLITICAL MEETINGS BUT YOU ARE NOT ATTENDING ANY OF THEIR MEETINGS. YOUR PIC IS IN SLPP POSTERS AND ADDRESS THEIR MEETINGS WHEN YOU ARE NOT EVEN A MEMBER OF THAT PARTY. HOW PUZZLING YOU ARE
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voter Friday, 19 January 2018 10:02
Since when did MR become a Doctor?? Saw quite a few buses from outstation bringing in people for the meeting and these people ended up at Viharamahadevi park after the meeting. This is the same tactic that he used when he was in power to show a massive crowd and still continues. Pathetic!!
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Amaris Friday, 19 January 2018 10:02
MR trying to live on that!
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Sarath Friday, 19 January 2018 10:21
MR should be sacked from SLFP and UPFA for canvassing for a rival political party. Let's see if maithri had guts to do it
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indika Friday, 19 January 2018 10:51
what did MS did for the victory in the General Election?
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Lord Wolfstein Friday, 19 January 2018 10:51
I think the president is not answerable to a criminal dumped dictator when he is leaving the chamber
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Dayasiri Friday, 19 January 2018 10:59
Medamulane Pissu Poosa!
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Lion Friday, 19 January 2018 11:21
This shows Mara has Checked even toilets to assess the one spend in the toilet during his time,
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Ron John Friday, 19 January 2018 11:29
It is a shame that this plunderer (Rajapakse) and his family are still given coverage by the media outlets. The whole family should be behind bars for robbing the country and for the atrocities committed against the civilian population during their regime. It appears that the politicians in the new regime are now filling up their pockets.
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DG Friday, 19 January 2018 11:36
Time duration depends on the nature of the call. So dont waste time on trivial issue. Voter like to review past progress.
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mohammed Friday, 19 January 2018 11:58
MR you can't. We have seen enough of you, your brothers and children.
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SF Friday, 19 January 2018 11:58
During your tenure could anybody criticize you? next day the white van would come to take him away.
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Sincere Friday, 19 January 2018 12:16
Severe constipation can!
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nalin Friday, 19 January 2018 13:05
It is shameful as to how much coverage certain newspapers and TV channels afford MARA and his clan. Disgusting. With all his lying, cheating, kidnapping, mudering and buying he could not fool the mostly poor people(most others who could afford have left) of the North and Wanni.
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CHECKER. Friday, 19 January 2018 15:28
EX. MAHARAJA SHOULD HAVE CHECKED. via DM Android App
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vithura Friday, 19 January 2018 17:05
He must have learnt from MR as to how to 'extend' time on the 'seat', albeit commode seat.
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Major Gamage Friday, 19 January 2018 19:44
You can gauge the brain level of this person from his child talk.
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Jaliya Friday, 19 January 2018 19:46
This is why we need to rebuild the city as well as the country soon,” he said. ...........We know that but you cannot be a part of it plz go to retirement ... you won;t be re-elected.
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Saraa Goyya Friday, 19 January 2018 21:33
Ask your wife, she may tell you why sometimes it takes 30 mins. or more.
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Baron Baaron Friday, 19 January 2018 21:37
Mr. Ex-President, don't you have any other topic to argue than a "Toilet Talk". It shows how bankrupt you are Sir.
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Dompe Mudalali Wednesday, 24 January 2018 17:23
Cos he suffers from weak bladder ?
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Nazim Saturday, 27 January 2018 04:48
It might happen to anyone, why is this issue bothering you?
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